est. 1984 – educating artists of all ages




Nordic Art School is a highly regarded contemporary art school. We expand your practical and theoretical knowledge and prepare you for working as a visual artist. Our guest-teachers are professional artists. You also receive guidance to create a comprehensive application to higher studies in art or related fields. We offer a two-year study program in contemporary art with the possibility for a third year of advanced studies.

What our students appreciate the most about our school:

  • You get your own studio space. [read also FACILITIES]
  • You get inspired and learn from the various artists that visit and teach at the school.
  • The wide spectrum of courses allows you to develop useful skills needed when working as an artist today.



The education is focused on contemporary art and its varying forms of expression. The study program consists of full-time studies with practical and theoretical workshops, which are arranged as one- or two-weeks courses. As a student you will learn to develop your ideas, conceptual thinking, process-based working, collaboration and networking skills. The language mostly used in teaching and lectures is English. The administrative language is Swedish, but Finnish is also used.



Yearly we offer several part time courses which are open for everyone. Information about the courses and enrollment are updated regularly on OPEN SCHOOL.



Our schedule mainly consist of courses conducted by our guest-teachers who are professional artists working nationally and internationally. As a student you get useful knowledge from these courses that you can apply to your own art practice. Why not invite the guest-teachers for a talk in your studio!

HERE you can find names of artists that have been guest-teachers



To guarantee continuity in your learning process, you are provided with two permanent teachers. Currently they are Meri Linna and Erno Enkenberg. They teach courses and are also available on request to help you with your artistic development.

Meri Linna holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (KUVA). She is the Director of Studies at Nordic Art School and she also teaches courses at KUVA. Linna´s artistic practice is collaboration-based and her long-term engagement is with the artist duo Harrie Liveart.

Erno Enkenberg is the Creative Director and holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (KUVA). Enkenberg is based in Helsinki and is regularly available at the school for teaching and studio visits. His is a painter and but also makes installations out of card board and paper.



Nordic Art School is a not-for-profit institution and is mainly financed by yearly applied grants. The study fee guarantees the high quality of our guest-teacher program. Quality is what you pay for!

  • The tuition fee is 790€ per semester and includes all teaching, tuition and personal instruction. The school year consists of two semesters.
  • Getting to know professional artist in a relaxed environment is the base for valuable networking.
  • A basic amount of materials is provided for each course.
  • In the weekly artist-talks you get first-hand inspiration from the artists themselves.
  • The school arranges two yearly study-trips. Travel, accommodation and entry fees are covered by the tuition fee, but usually a subsided fee of approximately 40-150€ from each participating student is collected.
  • All open-courses during the weekends at the school are free of charge for the regular students if there are available places.



Teaching hours take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 9:00 and 16:00. On Wednesdays and Thursdays between 12:00 and 20:00. Aside from the weekly program the students have the possibility to work in the school facilities during evenings and weekends.

  • Wednesdays at 18:00 – Artist Talk. The guest-teachers or invited artists present their artistic   work.
  • Thursdays at 18:00 – Croquis – Life drawing class.



The schedule has a selection of workshops in different techniques such as drawing, painting, printmaking, three-dimensional works and time-space related mediums.

Spring term 2018 schedule:




Finding a place to rent in Kokkola is relatively easy. Student accommodations can be found privately or through the student accommodation agency, Tankkari.



Studies at the Nordic Art School entitle students to grants and subsidies from their respective home countries. In questions of eligibility, please refer to the student aid authorities in your country.